"Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates."
Do you or someone you know want to travel the US 5-10 days per month, taking large-format photos of every National Park in the country? Are you ok with being paid $100,000 to do it? Lastly, are you ok with being compared to the original Master, Ansel Adams? If so, the US Department of the Interior National Park Service has a job posting that might interest you.
In 1941 Ansel Adams began working for the NPS to photograph and document the US national parks, and now they’re hiring for his old job again.
Summary of the role:
“The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country’s outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.”
And here’s the actual duties of the job:
“Produces large-format photographic documentation to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress. Develops photographic guidelines and standards for traditional and born-digital photographic processes and products. Produces exhibition quality prints for exhibition, publication, or other visual purposes. Evaluates submissions and provides advice and assistance concerning production of photographic documentation for donations to the collection or for mitigation purposes. Makes presentations about the collection or the programs to various public and private groups.”
Ansel Adams’ work went on to become the definitive visual guide to not only the national parks, but how landscape photography could be used to tell a story. Largely regarded as the godfather of landscape photography and innovative film processing, Adams’ work in black and white film still holds up against the best digital images being produced today.
So to whoever gets this job: no pressure, eh?
See the full job posting here.